Thursday, May 31, 2007

Issaquah High School Class of 1992 15-Year Reunion

The video is located here.

I'll post a slide show by Friday. Here are some
pics to tide you over.

Great to see you all on Friday. Please send me pictures ASAP so I can put together a slideshow. Pick your ten or fifteen favorites and send them my way.

Hopefully we will see many of you tonight.
If any of you would like to contribute to my blog, Kicked It In The Sun, please email me links to any interesting, goofy, or off-the-wall stories and I will post them. You can reach me at

Frequently asked questions regarding this weekends reunion.

1. I am unsure if I should attend or not. Perhaps I am not in the mood. What should I do?
This is an easy one. Go outside on the street and look at someone, but point the other way and then call another persons name (just like Coach Warren used to do in English class). Next, tell them you will need them for five-minutes (please) right after class. The random stranger might be confused, but you should smile.

2. What should I wear?
Wear something casual that you made in Ms. Lewis' class freshman year. Styles are cyclical and I am sure whatever you made in 1988 is popular again. Crabs.

3. What else can I bring?
I would recommend a camera. Throughout the evening you can walk around looking red-eyed and telling people they have nice shotssssss, just like Jarv.

4. Is everyone still meeting at 8:00?
Yes, you don't even have to arrive a half-hour early to get a parking spot on 2nd avenue.

5. Can we still bring significant others? What if I have two?
Aren't you lucky. Bring whomever you want. The Key Party starts at 2:00 am.

6. What is the deal with Lake Sammammish on Saturday?
We were not early enough in our request to reserve a picnic spot. However, if everyone brings a folding chair or three and some blankets, there should be plenty of space for everyone. Please meet at 1:00 and park in the first parking lot on the left. Does anyone want to take charge of this portion of the weekend? Please let me know.

7. Is there anything else we should know?
Yes, at 10:00 there will be a 15-minute break (party!) where the smokers can go smoke in the woods by the bus barn and the chewers can huddle around a big garbage can. The non-tobaco addicts can just rejoice and take a break from the stress of drinking beer.

See you Friday night.

Reunion Details

An informal fiesta is in the making. Here are the tentative details so far:

Dates: July 20 and 21, 2007.
A bar night followed by a family day at a park.
Significant others are invited and encouraged to attend.

Place: We will meet at what used to be Sam Malones. The place is now called Malarky's.
You may not remember it from the last time our group met. Here are directions.
Time: 8:00 will be perfect.

On Saturday we will meet at Lake Sammamish around 1:00.

More details will be finalized soon, however, we wanted to make sure everyone had time to put this get together on their busy summer calendar.

Mark Candee is currently trying to update everyone's current email address and other contact info so we can make sure we have a large number of attendees at our 'official' 20-year reunion. We would of course like to inform all classmates of this informal gathering as well. If you are reading this, please contact Mark with the following information:

Graduating Name:

Current Legal Name:

Email Address:

Mailing Address:


All information can be sent to

If possible, please forward this site to anyone from the class of 1992. A link is located on the right hand side that will allow you to click and see any changes as they are made. Hope to see you there!


Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Friday night Beastie Boys show at the Crocodile reviewed here. Set list included.

I would love to talk to anyone that was there!

Like Arrested Development? Check out this new series featuring Michael Cera (AKA "It must be a fun sexy time for you" George Michael)

Andre Website

Andre's wife Kirsten has created a website in Andre's honor. Click here to look at some pictures and sign the guest book. You can also make a donation to the memorial fund in Andre's name.

There were many people at the Gaslamp in Issaquah tonight and there some great Andre stories shared by all. I don't want to leave anyone out, but I remember seeing or talking to Cheryl, Monica, Carrie, Jan, Kim, Christine, Amy, Scott, Larry, Mark, Regina, Scott Burbage, Andy, Nicole, Regina, Jana, and Neil. I am sure there were more people than that, but it's 1:30 in the morning and this new dad hasn't stayed up this late since 2006 and my memory is shaky at best. The bottom line is that it was nice for so many people to show up and tell everyone how much Andre meant to them. I know Tyson Storey flew down to Utah to show his support and I think Mike Scott and his wife went too. Please tell the family members in Utah that our thoughts and prayers our with them.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Andre Update

A group of people will be gathering at the Gaslamp in Issaquah tomorrow night to share Andre stories. This will happen for sure and we would like it to be known that anyone is welcome. It doesn't matter if you you know Andre from Issaquah, Ellensburg, Utah, or anywhere else. Please come and celebrate his life.
9:00 at the Gaslamp. It's only a two-minute drive south off of the Lake Sammamish exit in Issaquah.
Please forward this to Andre's friends.

Lost! One of the best episodes of TV ever!

If you you re-arrange the letters in the name of the funeral parlor you get FLASH FORWARD.


Free Video of Kings of Leon concert in London.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Very sad news. Andre Callari has passed away. Andre graudated from Issaquah High School in 1992 and then attended Central Washington University.

The link above explains the details.

Andre and I spent a week in Hawaii together before sophomore year in high school and we ended up hanging out at CWU quite a bit. We both basically lived at or hung out at the two "party" houses, although he and Mike had the cooler pad with the pool table. Andre was the one guy who really encouraged me to take up snowboarding and he helped me adjust my settings numerous times so that I would be comfortable enough to stick with it. (I had no idea what the proper technique or foot placement should be. Nor did I have any idea how much I would love it). He was so damn cool about helping out a rookie.

From what I understand he LOVED climbing and if you google search you will find his comments all over climbing sites.
Our thoughts are with his family and with Kirsten and her family.

There are tentative plans to meet Friday night in Issaquah to share stories about Andre. I'll post more as soon as I know more. It looks like 9:00 at the Gaslamp might happen.

A couple people have emailed me and somebody mentioned it in the comments, but I would love to post any pictures of Dre from high school, college, or post-college. Please let me know if you have any.
Click the pics above for a larger view.

Film Festival Wednesday Night at Shorecrest

You should all attend this event and support student film making. You will laugh, and cry, and then laugh again.
I will get you FREE tickets!

From the Enterprise:

The first Shorecrest/Shorewood High School Film Festival will be at 7 p.m., May 23 at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center.

Videos will be shown from Trent Mitchell's and Marty Ballew's video production classes at Shorecrest and Shorewood. All films are student-produced. Categories include music video, short film, commercial, documentary, "mockumentary" and live bulletin videos.

More than 250 students have taken video production classes over the last two years and this year's festival will feature work from more than 50 students.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Chris Cornell singing Billie Jean. Yes, THAT Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.

M Ward

M Ward was on Conan Thursday night with Neko Case and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. They sounded fantizzle of course.
M Ward is playin McCaw Hall June 29.

Friday, May 18, 2007

OK, so the Transformers movie looks pretty cool.

Pics from the track etc.

Is the Bar Closed finished fourth last weekend, but a good time was had by all! He should race again in about two weeks or so. I threw a picture of Joanne and Kylee that was taken by Rachelle last week. Joanne and Mike should have a new baby any minute now!
As always, click on the pics for a larger view!

This is funny every time. The 40-year-old Virgin is a classic

New Beastie Boys Video! I find this much more interesting than their last rap album. More instruments!

Creed Thoughts! An actual web site!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Star Wars Doc

Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)

Monday, May 28th is when THC will air "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed," a two-hour documentary about, what else? The influences and impact of the "Star Wars" films, most likely focusing (I hope) on the first flick. (OK, the first trilogy.)

Here's a snippet from THC's press release: "Through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics – all of whom weigh in on the enduring appeal of George Lucas' creations – the special demonstrates that Star Wars isn’t just a high-action adventure in space. It’s a remarkably complex and sophisticated story about power, politics, sin, spirituality and redemption—almost Shakespearean in its power, humor, presentation and influence.

The special makes the argument that Star Wars’ intensely compelling stories—borrowed from diverse traditions, from Greek mythology and American westerns to the Bible and even Vaudeville—compel us to explore some of the biggest questions of our time. STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED explores that view through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics, who all weigh in on the creations of George Lucas. The special shows how seldom a movie can make us laugh and think about our role in the universe—which may be why it has stood the test of time."

Monday, May 14, 2007

The new Wilco album comes out tomorrow

Sky Blue Sky

Download Franz Ferdinand covering LCD Soundsystem

Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem is the best record of the year so far. You don't have it? Shame on you.
Get the whole album remixed here.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

Your tax dollars at work. HARD work!

50 Best Indie Rock Anthems according to EW

Beck, "Loser"
Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
Pavement, "Cut Your Hair"
White Stripes, "Fell in Love with a Girl"
Velvet Underground, "All Tomorrow's Parties"
Common, "I Used to Love H.E.R."
Liz Phair, "F--k and Run"
Gang Starr, "Mass Appeal"
Matthew Sweet, "Divine Intervention"
R.E.M., "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
Hole, "Violet"
Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun,"
My Bloody Valentine, "Soon"
Reflection Eternal, "Fortified Live"
Mudhoney, "Touch Me I'm Sick"

They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse in Your Soul"
Joy Division, "Love Will Tear us Apart"
X, "Los Angeles"
Public Enemy, "Don’t Believe the Hype"
Guided By Voices, "As We Go Up We Go Down"
Le Tigre, "Deceptacon"
Fugazi, "Waiting Room"
NWA, F--k tha Police"
Black Flag, "Rise Above"
Primal Scream, "Come Together"
PJ Harvey, "Sheela-Na-Gig"
Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)"
The Cure, "10:15 Saturday Night"
Patti Smith, "Gloria"
Black Star, "Respiration"
Antony & the Johnsons, "Hope There's Someone"
Modest Mouse, "Float On"
The Breeders, "Cannonball"
Spoon, "I Turn My Camera On"
Radiohead, "Karma Police"
Sonic Youth, "Teenage Riot"
Built to Spill, "The Plan"
Interpol, "PDA"
Roky Erikson, "You Don't Love Me Yet"
Magnetic Fields, "Papa Was a Rodeo"
New Pornographers, "The Bleeding Heart Show"
Yo La Tengo, "Autumn Sweater"
Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House"
Pixies, "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
Pretenders, "Message of Love"
Violent Femmes, "Blister in the Sun"
The Clash, "London Calling"
Blur, "Song 2 "
The La's, "There She Goes"
Teenage Fanclub, "Star Sign"

There are quite a few of my favorites on this list. Obviously the Built To Spill and Sonic Youth songs rule, but I am glad they did not forget about Neutral Milk Hotel and My Bloody Valentine. This list would make a great IPOD playlist or mix cd, eh?

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Daily Racing Form with Is The Bar Closed

The Horse will run!

Is The Bar Closed is in for Saturday in the 2nd race. He will be the #3 horse in a Seven horse field. Post time for the first race is 2:00 pm so the little horse from the Big Barn should run about 2:20 – 2:30.

Jaws in 30 seconds with Bunnies!

White Stripes on the Simpsons. If you have seen the Hardes Button to Button Video, it is classsic!

Jacob on LOST.

Lost,Napoleon Dynamite, and Jacob screen captures

I have not looked this up yet, but I believe the guy who played Ben's dad on Lost last night was Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite. The giveaway was when you could see Ben's dad eating steak during his breaks from Videotaped football tossing practice.
By the way, LOST is once again my favorite show. The last few episodes, to qoute my idol Ferris Bueller, have been choice.
By the way, this is a screen grab of Jacob. Me thinks he is real.
A great LOST site:

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Monday, May 07, 2007

Isthebarclosed to run Saturday. Grant Forster gives us his in depth trainer insight!

The big day is finally approaching. The little big horse has been training very forwardly in recent weeks and is now ready to make is his season debut. The plan is to enter him on Thursday for a race on
Sat. It is a Maiden claiming race going 5 1/2 furlongs with a
claiming price of $17,500. He has trained so well that me and my staff feel the price hike is justified (we ran for $12,500 last year in case you've forgotten). Also, the winner of his race last year, A Touch of Malice, has already won an allowance race impressively this season. So we'll take our shot on Saturday and see how he's progressed from two to three. Leslie Mawing will once again be in
he saddle and it promises to be a fun day.

(In case you did not know, Rachelle and I own Bartender with a group of friends).

Lost has an end date!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Working on the cabin

As most of you know, the wind storm caused some major damage to the cabin. The deck was destroyed and half of the roof needs to be replaced. As part of the Phase 1 construction work, the deck is the first item on the agenda to be (almost) completed. Dormers will be added to the upstairs loft to allow for a large increase in usable space and the roof will be re-insulated and shingled. Saturday we spent eight hours clearing the three combined lots and we chipped a couple dump truck loads full of trees and branches. Lots of work left to do, but we are making progress. The picture below is a Photomerge of four pictures on the south end of the deck.

Road Pics From the Bay Area

My neighbor Adam took this pictures shortly after the crash/fire etc. A KIITS exclusive! Click on the pictures from a larger view.

Friday, May 04, 2007

A Nice Review of LCD Soundsystem From Coachella

Best of the fest: LCD Soundsystem, by far. The current six-person touring lineup is the most bloodthirsty live band around, with the guitarist from Hot Chip and the drummer from The Juan McLean propelling “All My Friends” and “North American Scum” far past their already-mindblowing studio versions. Best show I’ve seen all year, besides the one they did last month at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. They had Coachella’s happiest crowd too, gyrating in the Sahara Tent under a giant mirror ball. I can’t think of another band I would say this about, but if I took somebody to this gig and they didn’t have the best time of their life, I would assume they were profoundly f'd in the head.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


This excerpt is from EW.
I couldn't agree more in regards to the state of 24. I actually stopped watching after about the sixth episode. I finally couldn't take the needless and over-the-top torture scenes and plot twists. I hope they can arrive at a reasonable plan to freshen it up because up until this year I had not missed an episode.

And on the 7th day, Jack Bauer rested

Apr 30, 2007, 04:40 PM | by Gary Susman

Categories: Television

Jack_l The greatest threat Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, pictured) has ever faced may be viewer ennui. According to the Los Angeles Times, 24's producers are feeling the sting of criticism and defection of viewers over the ho-hum plot twists of Day 6 (count me among those fans not feeling this season, especially in contrast to the gripping Day 5), and they're promising big changes next year. "This year could be seen to be the last iteration of it in its current state," writer/executive producer Howard Gordon says ominously.

How radical will next season's changes be? Maybe not that radical; "It won't be a musical or a half-hour," Gordon tells the Times. Also, Jack won't be undergoing any major career changes; as Gordon puts it, Bauer "won't be flipping burgers."

Actually, I'd kind of like to see Jack flipping burgers. "You have five seconds to tell me the secret sauce recipe, or I'm going to put your face in the fryolator." Seriously, Gordon & Co. need to do something different, not just because longtime fans are finding 24's current storytelling predictable and stale, but also because (as the article notes) it's not 2002 anymore, and American viewers are increasingly skeptical of 24's terror-threat scenarios, just as they are of the government's efforts to sell a real-life War on Terror. So let's have it, PopWatchers? What challenges should Jack Bauer face on Day 7? What would 24 have to do to become must-watch Monday-night viewing again?